Sustainable landscaping project earns Idaho’s first SITES gold

HP Inc.’s Boise, Idaho, campus has been awarded gold under the Sustainable SITES Initiative rating system.

The Sustainable Landscaping Project is the first to earn a SITES certification in Idaho and the first corporate campus in the world to be certified using the SITES v2 rating system, reports Facility Executive. Owned and administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), SITES is a comprehensive program for designing, developing and maintaining sustainable landscapes.

Through the project, HP collaborated with more than 10 local and national groups to replace non-indigenous grass on campus with native grasses that require less maintenance and attract local pollinators. The campus now saves 82,900 cubic meters of water annually and has reduced emissions by 90 percent and landscaping costs by nearly 50 percent. The project will reach full maturity by summer 2019.

“At HP, we strive to make life better for everyone everywhere – not just through technology, but through sustainability efforts within our operations and supply chain,” said Cynthia Rock, HP Head of Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Services. “Through this landscaping project, we’re using less water, producing less emissions and increasing bee production – ultimately protecting our planet for future generations.”

The SITES rating system is based on the understanding that land is a crucial part of the built environment and fostering its resiliency elevates its economic, environmental and social benefits. SITES provides best practices and benchmarks projects against performance criteria, enabling the market to quantify and rate the sustainable use and performance of land sites.

Used by landscape architects, engineers, architects, developers and policy makers, SITES creates regenerative systems and fosters resiliency; ensures future resource supply and mitigates climate change; transforms the market through design, development and maintenance practices; and enhances human well-being and strengthens the community. SITES-certified projects are better able to withstand and recover from floods, droughts, wildfires, and other catastrophic events. Projects can help reduce water and energy demand, improve air quality, and promote human health and well-being.

“HP understands that a green environment extends beyond the four walls of a building,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI. “Through the use of SITES, projects like this are creating ecologically resilient communities, reducing water demand, improving air quality and human health by connecting people to nature. Their work is part of the growing movement to holistically approach sustainable development and construct green buildings with accompanying green landscapes in green communities.”

 


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Exteriors, Landscaping Architecture - Design & Maintenance, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council


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